There has been a lot of speculation recently as to the meaning of the Broncos’ “Omaha” call at the line of scrimmage, which Peyton Manning seems to use prior to every play as part of his pre-snap audibles. Manning shouted “Omaha” 44 times during last Sunday’s divisional playoff win over the Chargers, so naturally, folks are curious.
Well, Manning finally explained the call during today’s pre-AFC Championship press conference, and did so in a way that will probably only serve to leave people more confused than before. When a reporter asked Peyton what it is that he loves about the city of Omaha, Manning first joked that it must be a fan-written question, but then obliged all of us wanting to know the same thing:
“Omaha is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass depending on a couple things: when, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys that we’re wearing. So it varies, really, play to play, so, that’s — there’s your answer to that one.”
There it is, indeed. Mystery solved. Thanks Peyton.
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On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Panthers 27-21. As we all know by now, the game was played under unthinkable circumstances following the horrifying murder/suicide by Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher just one day earlier. As details continue to emerge about the incident, and Belcher’s state of mind leading up to Saturday’s events, our hearts go out to the families of Belcher and his girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins. But most of all, our thoughts and prayers are with young Zoey Belcher, orphaned in the most tragic way imaginable at just 3 months old.
After the game, Chiefs QB Brady Quinn stepped up to the mic and delivered on of the more poignant statements we’ve heard yet about this whole situation. Quinn looks inward to ask what more he could have done to prevent this tragedy, and asks each of us to reflect on the bigger picture, and specifically how we relate to others in a social media-driven society.
It’s definitely worth a listen/read.
“What could I have done different? When you ask someone how they’re doing, do you really mean it? When you answer someone back ‘how are you doing’ are you really telling them the truth? We live in a society of social networks and Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine and stuff, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we’re more pre-occupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships we have in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually figure out if somebody is battling something deeper on the inside, than what they may be revealing on a day-to day basis.”
(Quinn speaks after Romeo Crennel declines to speak about what he witnessed in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday)
The New York Jets introduced Tim Tebow as their backup quarterback today, which means that the circus has officially rolled into town for Rex Ryan & Co.
The anonymous player quotes and speculation as to whether Tebow will compete for starting time with the newly re-upped Mark Sanchez have already begun, and we’re months away from the start of training camp. Just wait until Jets nation gets a real taste of Tebowmania …
For his part, let’s just say that Tebow is “excited” to be a Jet. In fact, let’s let Timmy say it … a total of 44 times during his 30-minute session with the media:
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Today marked the end of an era in Indianapolis as the Colts and owner Jim Irsay held an emotional press conference to officially announce the release of quarterback Peyton Manning, after 14 years with the team.
The move was an expected one, as the Colts came up on the deadline to pay Manning a $28 million dollar roster bonus that would have been due to him tomorrow, had the injured QB still been on the team’s roster. And with the status of Manning’s health uncertain, and the Colts holding the #1 pick in the upcoming draft – thereby ensuring that Andrew Luck could give them another franchise quarterback for the next 10+ years – it was the prudent business move by Irsay to turn the page on Manning. If he ends up coming back and leading a team to the Super Bowl, Irsay could end up looking like a fool, but given the information available right now, it’s really the only call he could make.
But that doesn’t make it any easier on any of the players involved, as evidenced by the genuine heartfelt emotion during today’s press conference. In it, Irsay announced that the Colts would retire Manning’s #18, and Peyton said that no matter where he ends up next, ”I’ll always be a Colt.” It was about as harmonious a divorce as you’ll see in today’s professional landscape, which is about what you’d expect from a Manning, and especially considering how mutually beneficial their relationship has always been.
And so now begins the Petyon Manning sweepstakes, which is all we’re going to hear about for the next few weeks. As he officially hits the free agent market, teams have already begun lining up to woo the 11x Pro Bowler to save their franchises. Teams like the Dolphins, Jets, Redskins and Cardinals have started building their best case to lure Manning to their cities, with others like the Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers hoping to emerge as dark horse candidates for Peyton’s services.
It should be fascinating to watch the bidding wars play out, especially considering it’s all for a 36-year-old with highly questionable health. I just hope there will be enough media coverage of the proceedings.
Al Davis made a rare appearance in front of the press to introduce Hue Jackson as the Raiders new head coach today, and … GAAAAHHH! What in the hell is that?!?
The 81-year-old Davis scared the holy bejeezus out of women and children throughout the land when he appeared before the assembled media with a troublingly emaciated face, and band aids covering what appear to be open sores on the legendary owner’s forehead. Davis has long been known to be in poor health, but this was shocking to just about everyone. His hands were shaking and his voice quivering throughout the press conference, which only contributed to the overall decaying appearance of the once virile owner.
As usual, whenever Al speaks, something interesting comes out of that decrepit old mouth of his, but we were too busy worrying about the poor guy to listen to anything he said today (OK, so we were really worrying that this zombie-like creature might come and eat our brains for sustenance late at night). The last time Davis spoke to the media, he was using an overhead projector to illustrate the reasoning behind firing Lane Kiffin, and also forgetting his new head coach, Tom Cable‘s, name. It had been over two years since we’d seen Davis up-close and personal, and quite frankly, we can’t help but wonder if it might be the last.
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This is from the post-game of the Giants’ epic collapse against the Eagles on Sunday at the New Meadowlands … and apparently the entire NY press corps was over in the Eagles locker room slobbering over Michael Vick, because Eli Manning showed up for his press conference to find this:
Thank goodness that one guy showed up, huh?
It looks like Eli was just going to launch into his best Nuke Laloosh canned press spiel anyway, so he was probably psyched he might not actually have to answer any questions. Besides, Eli threw for 289 yards and 4 TDs, so he shouldn’t take too much heat … that comeback is on the Giants defense.
With Terrell Owens, it’s not really a question of if he’s going to start tearing apart the Buffalo Bills locker room. It’s just a question of when.
So after hauling in ZERO catches for ZERO yards in yesterday’s 27-7 loss to the Saints, all eyes were on T.O. during his post-game press conference. Was this the day he was going to throw his first tantrum in front of the Buffalo cameras? The reporters were blatantly egging him on, just praying he would throw Trent Edwards or Dick Jauron under the bus. But Owens was having none of it:
To his credit, Owens played it relatively cool, and stuck to the “I’m just going with the plays that are called” script.
But you can tell he’s just seething behind those designer sunglasses. After a 1-2 start and with less than 100 yards receiving, the Bills had better pray they can turn things around quickly, and get their star FA acquisition some more touches. If not, it’s only a matter of time before Owens loses his cool. Whether in the locker room, on the field, or in front of the press … it’s going to happen. And Trent Edwards had better have his big boy pants on.